“Supervised by nurses and other medical staff, nursing assistants or nursing aides assist patients with dressing, bathing, eating, getting out or into bed, and answering patient’s requests. Along with making the patient’s bed and keeping their room orderly and neat, they check patient’s vital signs such as respiration and blood pressure, provide skin care, and record and report any emotional or physical changes in the patient to their supervisor. There are many nurse career advancement opportunities for nursing aides such as continuing their education to become a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
Licensed practical nurses and registered nurses work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, ambulatory care facilities, clinics, emergency medical centers, patient’s homes, nursing care facilities, schools, work sites, and many other places. Along with supervising nursing aides, licensed practical nurses monitor patients, administer medications, develop care plans and implement them, and handle other basic healthcare needs. Licensed practical nurses often continue their education and accept nurse career advancement opportunities as registered nurses.